Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final – Kerry 2-12 Sligo 1-6

Kerry defeated Sligo by 2-12 to 1-6 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final on Monday August 3rd at O’Connor Park Tullamore.

All-Ireland MFC: Kerry power past Sligo


By Kevin Egan for GAA.ie

Kerry’s minor footballers will share the Croke Park stage with their senior counterparts on August 23 after a comfortable win over Sligo set up a clash with Ulster champions Derry in the All Ireland minor championship semi-final.

Sligo showed no shortage of pride or passion in what was their fifth championship outing of the summer but in truth they simply didn’t have the wherewithal to compete with the skilful football of a Kerry side that looked capable of scoring in a myriad of different ways. Four points from their wing back pairing of Gavin White and Daniel O’Brien, along with another from midfielder John Mark Foley, illustrated the threat that the Kingdom posed from long range, however the real damage was done close to goal where Conor Geaney posed a constant threat with his angled running and crisp finishing.

A free from the boot of the younger cousin of senior stars Paul and Michael tied up the contest after Finnian Cawley opened the scoring with a stunning long range effort, and for the next 20 minutes Kerry took control of the tie with some outstanding play in every sector of the field. Billy Courtney demonstrated his value in goal with a wonderful one on one save to deny Kyle Cawley, while in front of him, Jason Foley put in something close to a man of the match display at full back, seeing off a sequence of direct opponents. Kerry’s control of the restarts will also have pleased manager Jack O’Connor greatly, while up front their movement and interplay carved out a sequence of openings.

An old fashioned high ball led to Brian Ó’Seanacháin blasting the ball to the roof of the net for the game’s opening goal after six minutes and this score was followed by some sumptuous points from Geaney, Seán O’Shea and Daniel O’Brien. Sligo regained a little momentum close to the interval when Finnian Cawley pointed a long range free and Rian Kennedy added another sweet dead ball strike from under the O’Connor Park stand, but two crucial wides cost them dearly and left them still well adrift at the interval, 1-6 to 0-3.

Aidan Rooney’s side showed plenty of intent after the restart and exerted some good early pressure that yielded a point from Liam Gaughan, but that brief period of resistance was to be short lived and the ease with which Geaney and John Mark Foley added further points to the Kerry tally illustrated the toll that chasing green and gold jerseys had exerted on this Sligo team.

Any lingering hopes of an upset were crushed midway through the second half when Templenoe corner forward Stephen O’Sullivan did brilliantly to win a high ball at top of the right in between two defenders, and he showed real tenacity to turn back towards goal and centre the ball into the path of Geaney. The Dingle player still had the keeper to beat but a first time left footed finish gave Conor McGovern no chance whatsoever.

Sligo poured forward in search of scores and they got their reward when Kyle Cawley tapped in a simple goal, capitalising on a loose break that result from Billy Courtney parrying Michael Gordon’s strike on goal. Kerry were still well able to keep the Yeats County at bay however and they tacked on three further points, including one each from Gavin White and Ronan Buckley that could easily have been goals, if the need was there. It may be in three weeks’ time when they come face to face with the Ulster champions, but for now they were able to ease over the line with plenty to spare.
Scorers for Kerry: C Geaney 1-4 (1f), B Ó’Seanacháin 1-0, S O’Shea 0-1 (1f), G White 0-2, D O’Brien 0-2, JM Foley 0-1, R Buckley 0-1.

Scorers for Sligo: K Cawley 1-0, F Cawley (0-1f) & R Kennedy (0-1f) 0-2 each, L Gaughan & C Lally 0-1 each.

KERRY: B Courtney; D Brosnan, Jason Foley, J Morgan; G White, M Breen, D O’Brien; A Barry, John Mark Foley; B Barrett, B Ó’Seanacháin, S O’Shea; S O’Sullivan, B Sweeney, C Geaney
Subs: M Foley for O’Sullivan (44), T O’Sullivan for Brosnan (48), E Cronin for O’Shea (49), R Buckley for JM Foley (52), J Duggan for Barrett (56), D O’Shea for Breen (57).

SLIGO: C McGovern; M O’Dowd, E McGuinness, B Mahon; N Mullen, D Cummins, M Gordon; K Banks, P Kilcoyne; L Gaughan, R Kennedy, F Cawley; S Power, P O’Connor, K Cawley
Subs: A McLoughlin for O’Connor (29), N Rooney for Mullen (45), C Lally for Banks (53), C Herron for Kennedy (58), O Gilmartin for McGuinness (58 – bc)

Referee: John Hickey (Carlow)

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Kerry V Sligo Electric Ireland GAA Minor Football Championship Quarter Final

The Kerry Minor Football Team to play Sligo in the Electric Ireland GAA Minor Football Championship Quarter Final tie in O’Connor Park Tullamore on Bank Holiday Monday (2pm) shows 3 changes in personnel from the side that defeated Tipperary in the Munster Final.
John Mark Foley replaces the injured Mark O’Connor at midfield, Brandon Barrett comes into the half forward line in place of the injured Cormac Linnane and Bryan Sweeney replaces Michael Foley at full forward.
The team, captained by Dingle’s Conor Geaney is as follows:

1. Billy Courtney Dr. Crokes
2. Darren Brosnan Gneeveguilla
3. Jason Foley Ballydonoghue
4. Jack Morgan Austin Stacks
5. Gavin White Dr. Crokes
6. Mike Breen Beaufort
7. Daniel O’Brien Glenflesk
8. Andrew Barry Na Gaeil
9. John Mark Foley Kilgarvan
10. Brandon Barrett Ardfert
11. Brian Ó Seanacháin Ballydonoghue
12. Sean O’Shea Kenmare
13. Stephen O’Sullivan Templenoe
14. Bryan Sweeney Listowel Emmets
15. Conor Geaney Dingle (Captain)

Fir Ionaid
16. Eoghan O’Brien Churchill
17. Michael Foley Spa
18. Tom O’Sullivan Dingle
19. Dara O’Shea Kenmare
20. Ronan Buckley Listry
21. Graham O’Sullivan Dromid Pearses
22. Evan Cronin Spa
23. Jack Goulding Ballyduff
24. James Duggan John Mitchels


1. Conor McGovern (Calry/St Joseph’s)
2. Brian Mahon (Owenmore Gaels)
3. Eddie McGuinness (Tubbercurry)
4. Mark O’Dowd (Enniscrone/Kilglass)
5. Nathan Mullen (Coolaney/Mullinabreena)
6. Darragh Cummins (Calry/St Joseph’s)
7. Michael Gordon (Easkey)
8. Kevin Banks (Coolera/Strandhill)
9. Paul Kilcoyne (St Mary’s)
10. Liam Gaughan (Tourlestrane)
11. Patrick O’Connor (St Farnan’s)
12. Finnian Cawley (St Farnan’s)
13. Kyle Cawley (St Mary’s)
14. Nathan Rooney (St Mary’s)
15. Sean Power (Drumcliffe/Rosses Point)

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final – Tipperary 1-10 Galway 0-6

Tipperary defeated Galway by 1-10 to 0-6 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final on Monday August 3rd at O’Connor Park Tullamore.

All-Ireland MFC: Tipp stun Galway in quarters


By Kevin Egan for GAA.ie

A plethora of missed goal chances either side of half time proved to be hugely costly for Galway this afternoon in O’Connor Park in Tullamore, as Tipperary became the only provincial final loser to secure a place in the All Ireland minor championship semi-finals; their clash with Kildare on August 30 secured thanks to a 1-10 to 0-6 win over the Tribesmen.

This was a ferociously competitive tie – perhaps lacking the fluidity and passing that was on show in the opening clash between Kerry and Sligo, but any dearth in that regard was more than compensated for by the intensity of tackling and running that was on show from both sides.

A positively claustrophobic opening half saw both sides drop plenty of tacklers back into defence and with space at a premium, scores were understandably scarce. Paudie McCormack was the pick of the Galway forward line and his hard running yielded a point from play and a free that was converted by Conor Marsden, while Tipperary enjoyed plenty of primary possession but spurned six of their first eight opportunities, and so trailed by 0-3 to 0-2 after 25 minutes.

Alan Tynan and Brian McGrath linked up well along the spine of the attack while Brendan Martin sent out warning to the Galway back line with a punched point that was set up by a blistering burst of pace, however during this phase it looked as if the Connacht champions were the far more likely winners in the race for the game’s first goal.
Two scores from Tynan – a ’45 and a wonderful solo score – gave Tipperary a narrow half time lead but the real drama was at the other end of the field, where Galway were narrowly denied what could have been a game-changing score on a few occasions.

Tadhg Fitzgerald was Tipperary’s hero in both instances, coming to the fore initially when he made a full length diving block to deny Ryan Forde, while another last gasp effort from the Moyle Rovers man was to prove crucial in the last minute of the opening half.

McCormack set up the second opportunity with a typically powerful run but Forde’s subsequent shot crashed against the crossbar, while Patrick Ó’Domhnaill looked certain to score from the rebound but then was denied by a goal-line block from Fitzgerald.

A lung busting run from Aidan Buckley set up a Tynan free at the start of the second half to double Tipperary’s lead, but Galway again drove at goal, with Forde this time getting blocked down by Emmett Moloney. Perhaps the greatest chance of all followed immediately after when McCormack cut in from the left corner and aimed for the bottom corner, but this time it was Liam Fahy who got a crucial touch to tip the ball onto the post.

Three scores in as many minutes from Tipperary put clean daylight between the teams and while Galway dug deep to cut the gap again, the final ten minutes belonged to the Premier County. Space, the rarest of commodities in the intercounty game, started to appear at the Galway end of the field as the Connacht champions chased down scores. Jack Kennedy was afforded 30 yards of open country down the left wing for a crucial score, then a break out of defence from Emmett Moloney led to a decisive strike from man of the match Alan Tynan.

Moloney looked to have several great options as he burst out of the back line, but it was no surprise that he looked to Tynan for inspiration. The Roscrea man, who already has a Leinster Schools Rugby medal, an All Ireland Colleges “C” hurling medal and a Munster hurling medal to his name this year, applied the coup de grace with a powerful run and exquisite low finish to effectively settle the tie with seven minutes remaining.

To Galway’s credit, they continued to push forward in search of goals however their race was run by now as Tipperary could flood the goalmouth, and the closest the Tribesmen came to hitting twine was when John Daly’s late free was pushed over the bar for the final score of the contest.
Scorers for Tipperary: A Tynan 1-5 (2f, 1 ’45′), B Martin 0-2, C English 0-1, J Kennedy 0-1, J Bergin 0-1

Scorers for Galway: C Marsden 0-2 (2f), J Daly 0-2 (1f), P McCormack 0-1, E Lee 0-1

TIPPERARY: C Manton; T Lowry, J Skehan, T Fitzgerald; E Moloney, L Fahy, D Owens; J Kennedy, T Nolan; R Peters, A Tynan, A Buckley; C English, B McGrath, B Martin.
Subs: M Kehoe for English (50), J Bergin for Peters (54), J Delahunty for Martin (58), M Connors for Buckley (59), G Whelan for Moloney (60+1)

GALWAY: R Ó’Beolain; C Mulry, D McHugh, I Kent; S Kelly, L Ó’Ceallaigh, J Daly; C Brady, C Ó’Braonáin; E Lee, F Ó’Laoí, M Boyle; R Forde, P McCormack, C Marsden
Subs: P Ó’Domhnaill for Ó’Laoí (14), C Ryan for Vaughan (38), C McDaid for Forde (55), D Conneely for Lee (56)
Referee: Martin McNally (Monaghan)